Andre Pichot, in his book The Pure Society: From Darwin to Hitler, somehow misses this important point and tries to make the case that Darwin’s idea is somehow responsible for all manner of dangerous policies from Nazism to racial apartheid. This fundamental error means that an impressively researched and passionately argued book, and a readable example of history of science covering a remarkable breadth and depth of material, ultimately falls down.
However, Steve Fuller, Professor of sociology at the University of Warwick, is of the opinion that:
Simon Underdown indulges in the pop-science fantasy that a clear line can be drawn between science and politics. Too bad the scientists discussed by Pichot did not seem to think so.